The guiding force behind DogTipper (and our pet freelance writing) is definitely our dogs. The adoption of Tiki and Irie in 2008 inspired us to change careers from travel writing to pet writing. Today we share our home with Tiki and Bärli, along with our three cats, and learn from them all each and every day.
We adopted Tiki in August 2008 from what is now Texas Humane Heroes. Like Irie, Tiki had also been a stray dog. Since Irie is a shy dog, we went to the shelter looking for a very outgoing, happy dog that summer — and we found it in Tiki. Tiki absolutely loves to meet new people and new dogs. She loves traveling, eating at outdoor restaurants, and visiting new indoor locations, whether a store or a home. Tiki’s DNA test says she’s mostly Poodle and Doberman, with lesser amounts Bulldog and Sheltie!
On March 13, 2018, we adopted Bärli from the Hill Country SPCA in Fredericksburg, Texas. Named “Baby Bear” at the shelter, we named him Bärli or Little Bear, a reminder of the German heritage of Fredericksburg and all the fun times we’ve had with our dogs in the dog-friendly community. The shelter thinks Bärli might be a Border Collie-Australian Shepherd mix. About five months old when we adopted him, Bärli had been waiting for a forever home for three months but has so quickly adjusted to our home. Bärli loves walks, chews, sticks, and his big sister Tiki.
Always In Our Hearts
Irie was adopted in February 2008 from the Bulverde Humane Society; she was six months old at the time (and had demodectic mange). Irie was named for a Jamaican patois word that means “all’s good.” Although she was an extremely shy dog when we first adopted her, Irie really blossomed and loved traveling with us and meeting new people. Irie’s DNA test said she was a mix of lab, coonhound, and German Shorthaired Pointer. Irie’s favorite things were treats and chews, taking long hikes, and playing in the water, whether that was on the beach, in our creek, or at the lake. We lost Irie to spleen cancer in March 2018 and miss her every day.
Our dogs share their home with three cats: Jetty, Inca, and Lucky. You can read more about our cat crew over on CatTipper’s About page!